‘Cricket is not a science, it’s an art’: Umpire defends Maxwell’s switch hit

India’s tour of Australia till now has been quite different than many of us expected it to be. In the first 2 ODIs Australia completely dominated India and looked like Indian players will have a pretty hard time on the Australian soil this summer. In the first 2 matches, Captain Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell were hitting the ball like a beach ball and completely controlling the game.

Steve Smith scored centuries in both the matches adding to India’s miseries of the tour. Apart from that India’s batting line up was a complete failure with none of the batsmen except Virat Kohli performing. But in the third ODI, India had different plans, after choosing to bat first, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja constructed a more than 150 run stand for the sixth wicket to take India to 302.

In the second innings India’s hero in the bowling department was Shardul Thakur who took crucial wickets. Australia had hopes until Maxwell was on the crease but then it was all over for Australia and India won the match by 13 runs.

Pandya and Jadeja help the team:

Indian batsmen Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya both played some solid cricket after the top order failed to impress and made sure the team had a fighting total. They displayed power hitting and guided how to build a big partnership at the end.

The Maxwell shot:

The best moment of the match was Glenn Maxwell’s sixer on the switch hit off Kuldeep Yadav’s delivery. It was probably the best shot of the tournament and had Maxwell stayed at the crease a little longer India would not have won the match. Umpire defended his shot by saying cricket is an art and not a science, hence any shot is possible in the game as per batsman’s will.

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